We are in our last day in Merida. Leaving is always a bit sad. There have been some very good things about our stay here. We’ve said our good-byes and are waiting for time to go to the bus station.
Some of you may be wondering, “what do you think about living in Merida?”. It was one of the reasons we came, to have a trial run of living in Mexico and to see if Merida might be the place.
Merida has many things to offer; great parks, historic buildings and museums, art museums and classes, Spanish schools, many colleges, 30 minutes from the beach, symphony, theatre and great health care. We heard that good health care theme echoed repeatedly throughout the ex-pat community here. There is a great ex-pat community with lots of things going on. It’s truly a cosmopolitan city. It’s a great walking city depending on where you live. We could make this place our home. However, we are missing the beach.
Sure, it’s only a 30 minute bus ride to a not-so-great beach and it’d be closer if we had a car. But to go to a beach we like, it’s around 1 1/2 hours. We’ve decided the beach is something we want in a Mexico lifestyle.
We’re trying to become more clear about what it is we are looking for in a permanent residence. All these years we’ve never had a real choice of where we’d like to live. Now the choice is completely ours so where shall it be?
How important is it for us to fit in with the local population? Yes, Kris is of average height in the Yucatan and that means Doug is really tall. Does it matter?
There are really interesting things about Merida.
The local people carry their infants and young children in their arms. You see an occasional front pack but not a single baby carrier. This isn’t always good such as when you see a toddler sitting between two parents on the back of a motorcycle.
I think we’ll see that carrying infants in arms is true throughout Mexico. It’s nice to see.
In Merida there is free music for dancing or listening in the squares. Each square has a designated day and music style. On Sunday afternoons there is salsa in Santa Lucia, on Tuesday nights there is big band music in Santiago square, on Friday music is played in Santa Anna. Of course one has to be able to stay up past 10 PM to take advantage of these offerings.
There are also free special events in the squares such as an arial show while you eat dinner.
There are always young people practicing a dance routine. Sometimes it’s a surprise what you’ll find.
On Palm Sunday there were lots of variations on palm fronds to purchase outside the cathedral. Inside you could have (no cost) a palm frond.
The ex-pats try to stay involved in the community. We’ve attended a few fund-raisers, wine tastings, art walks and an all day music festival for “Save the Children”.
We’ve had a good stay in Merida. The disadvantages, as we see it of Merida, are the distance to a good beach, the heat during the spring, and the long travel time from the northwest U.S. There are definitely things we’ll miss about this lovely colonial city.
We’ve learned a lot about living in Mexico and some about what we think we’re looking for.
Now it’s on to our next adventure. We leave today for Campeche (4 days) then on to Palenque (3 days). This is the beginning of our cross-country bus trip. We will end up on the west coast of Mexico in mid-June.